Around 5,000 trackworkers braved challenging conditions over Christmas and the New Year to deliver almost £50 million worth of infrastructure investment. Normal services were scheduled on more than 90% of the network with around 30% fewer disruptive possessions compared to the last festive period.
Significant milestones were reached on a number of major projects, with control of the layout around Reading Station transferred to the Thames Valley Signalling Centre and installation of a new 1,000-tonne bridge over Caversham Road to accommodate track for extra platforms.
Months of preparation work came to fruition at Selly Oak where a huge bridge was wheeled into position, taking the New Street-Kings Norton line over a new bypass. And the Rochdale extension of Manchester’s Metrolink moved forward with the installation of a skew bridge over the Calder Valley line.
In London, the Thameslink Programme made progress at Blackfriars and Farringdon whilst overhead line equipment received attention between Liverpool Street and Seven Kings.
S&T engineers were busy around Water Orton in the West Midlands and on the East Coast Main Line in both the Hitchin and Peterborough areas. Signalling and communications equipment was renewed in Swindon.
Projects north of the border saw the Paisley area remodelling work get underway between Arkleston and Johnstone.